Even after Delhi lost six lives due to chikungunya, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain has stirred up controversy by saying that the vector-borne disease cannot cause death and that this ‘fact’ that is available on Google.
Speaking to reporters, he said people need not panic and must go to the hospital only after they experience symptoms of the disease.
He said: “People of Delhi have no need to panic. The state government is ready to provide help at all cost. But one should get admitted only if the doctor advises them to do so and not because they are scared.”
The AAP leader also expressed suspicion as four of the five supposed chikungunya deaths were reported from the same hospital.
“Chikungunya deaths are not happening across the world. Why is it only in a select few Delhi hospitals? And upon inquiry, I have discovered that most of the deaths are of people who were aged and already sick with other ailments,” Jain said.